This is a delicious recipe for caramel apple bars. I used a blend of homegrown apples that I’ve had in my fridge over the season: Empire, Macoun and Pink Lady. Any apples will be excellent in this recipe! It calls for a shortbread crust with oatmeal and a hint of brown sugar. I used caramel candies that I melted down, but I think it would be equally delicious baked just with the apples and then drizzled with caramel sauce. Not everyone in my family likes caramel, so I divided this into an 8×8 pan and a smaller pan and made one version with just apples and no caramels. Next time I might try putting the apples on the bottom and pressing the shortbread crust over top of the apples. This would be a tasty breakfast option that wouldn’t be too sugary!

Caramel Apple Bars

Total Time: 45 minutes

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  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Filling

  • 4 1/2 cups apples, peeled and chopped
  • 11 ounces caramel candies
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a food processor or stand mixer until well combined, about 3-5 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, flour and baking soda and mix well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until combined. It will be a flaky shortbread crust.
  3. Press the shortbread crust into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Add the apples on top.
  5. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter, then add the caramels. Stir frequently until melted. Whisk in the flour once the caramels have melted, then pour over the apple mixture.
  6. Place in the oven and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes. Cool to room temperature and serve.